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Outdoor fuel storage?
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I'm wondering has anyone else out there come up with a solution for storing fuel away from their house? I'm thinking about maybe keeping 30 or so gallons on hand and rotating them out, but I'm not crazy about the idea of having that stored inside my house in the garage. I don't really have much use for a shed as I already have a sizable garage that houses most everything. I was just thinking about maybe building a small doghouse like structure near my property line to store fuel in, but that isn't big enough to fool with permits and all the bullshit that goes with it. Has anyone else thought about doing something like this?
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#2
Nope. All my lawn care equipment and gas cans sleep in the garage. There's usually about 20 gallons or so between fuel tanks and cans.
At some point I want a large storage shed for it all, but at five grand, that's going to have to wait. More than the gas, I hate having to start my commercial mower in the garage to get it out. The wife is sleeping in the room above the garage and it puts exhaust in there that I would prefer not be there, but you can't move a 500 lb mower without powering it up.

If you build something try and use some vents and keep it out of the sun if possible - the cans swell in the heat/sun. Google "lean to storage shed" - maybe something like that?
You could make it whatever size suits you.

[Image: lean-to-shed-design-8.jpg]


Also, around here no permit is needed for sheds up to 10x13 - that's why those size sheds are so popular.
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What's the best way to dry out an empty drum once it's all rinsed out and ready for fuel?
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streaker69;138440 Wrote:What's the best way to dry out an empty drum once it's all rinsed out and ready for fuel?

Fire?
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Emoticon;138305 Wrote:I'm wondering has anyone else out there come up with a solution for storing fuel away from their house? I'm thinking about maybe keeping 30 or so gallons on hand and rotating them out, but I'm not crazy about the idea of having that stored inside my house in the garage. I don't really have much use for a shed as I already have a sizable garage that houses most everything. I was just thinking about maybe building a small doghouse like structure near my property line to store fuel in, but that isn't big enough to fool with permits and all the bullshit that goes with it. Has anyone else thought about doing something like this?

We used to have a bait & tackle shop and boat rental place in Jersey, and had around 20 boats in the water at any given time, and at least 30 (thirty) 5 gallon metal cans for outboard motors that looked like this:

[Image: 5-gallon-vintage-metal-boat-gas-tank-can...657961.jpg]

In about 2 wide sheds that looked like this style:

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The difference between the sheds, was the 'tall' part of the roof faced out so that you had the height towards you, and the water poured backwards instead of on you if it rained, because we often needed to put the cans away/get them out in the rain and common sense dictates that it's always better to be on the high end of a where slope water runs down. But that's just me, opinions vary on the subject.

Also the sheds were home-built to specifications because they were designed to hold 3 shelves of gas cans with just enough room to reach in. We didn't build them but could have. There was bout a 2" buffer between the roof and the plywood (maybe not so much on the front face) so that the fumes could vent, and the roof was a few inches wider than any normal shed roof on all sides to help protect from rain. There was also a one or two inch gap between the shelves and the walls of the shed to create airflow so the vapors could rise from the sides and back of the shed and out through the gap under the roof-line.

There was always gas in the tanks as long as we had boats in the water, the cans were empty when not.

Even still, that wood was so saturated by the occasional splashes from moving cans in and out it was black, and had it caught fire it no doubt would have burned for days. And obviously, it was not near any other kind of structure whatsoever.

The shed was not airtight by any means, it would have been psychotic to store that much gas that way.

Could never do any of that this day and age.
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csmith;138445 Wrote:
streaker69;138440 Wrote:What's the best way to dry out an empty drum once it's all rinsed out and ready for fuel?

Fire?

Yeah, probably not a good idea with a plastic drum.

I'm going with plastic, so I don't have to worry about rust coming off a metal barrel.
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streaker69;138451 Wrote:
csmith;138445 Wrote:Fire?

Yeah, probably not a good idea with a plastic drum.

I'm going with plastic, so I don't have to worry about rust coming off a metal barrel.

Best way I can think of would bungs off in direct sunlight on a warm sunny day. Unfortunately those are in short supply at the moment.
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Rik Bitter;138454 Wrote:
streaker69;138451 Wrote:Yeah, probably not a good idea with a plastic drum.

I'm going with plastic, so I don't have to worry about rust coming off a metal barrel.

Best way I can think of would bungs off in direct sunlight on a warm sunny day. Unfortunately those are in short supply at the moment.

That's what I was thinking of, except I was going to tighten one bung with the gasket in and take the gasket off of one and just leave it on, since I don't want any debris, or the kids dropping more of my screwdrivers inside. Smile
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Streaker:

http://www.amazon.com/Lockdown-222000-De...B004QUDTZI

Better yet:

http://www.amazon.com/Lockdown-222010-De...difier+rod
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bac0nfat;138489 Wrote:Streaker:

http://www.amazon.com/Lockdown-222000-De...B004QUDTZI

Better yet:

http://www.amazon.com/Lockdown-222010-De...difier+rod

Not a bad idea, I think I'll go grab one of the large desiccant packs from my safe and hang it inside the barrel from a string while it sits in the sun.
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